May 22, 2024

Sporting glory: Inside North Korea’s failed bid to become an athletic powerhouse

From the 1980s, Kim regime used sports to engage South Korea and win support, but economic problems thwarted its plans

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a two-part series on the origins and evolution of the DPRK’s athletics system. The first part can be read here.

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